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China, Vietnam Eye Potential Cooperation on Energy, Telecom

China and Vietnam on Friday agreed to further their cooperation in such areas as infrastructure, energy development and telecommunication.


Premier Wen Jiabao and visiting Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet held a meeting in Beijing Friday, vowing to boost trade cooperation and support enterprises' investment in respective countries as the two countries share complementary economies.


"China and Vietnam, both engaging in reform and construction, should consolidate neighborly friendship, enhance reciprocal cooperation," Wen said.


China highly values relations with Vietnam and will make joint efforts with Vietnam to lift bilateral ties to a new level, Wen added.


Triet spoke highly of bilateral ties, saying Vietnam and China would deepen pragmatic cooperation and push forward friendship.


Triet reiterated Vietnam's firm adherence to the one-China policy.


Also on Friday, Chinese top political advisor Jia Qinglin met with Triet, pledging to uplift China-Vietnam all-round cooperation.


Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top advisory body, hailed the development of China-Vietnam relations in recent years. He said the enhancement of win-win cooperation and political trust meets the fundamental interests of the two peoples.


China's CPPCC and Vietnam's Fatherland Front have kept close contacts and various exchanges among specific departments, he said.


The two sides agreed to further enhance exchanges between the CPPCC and Vietnam's Fatherland Front in a bid to contribute to facilitating overall bilateral ties.


Triet said his country is ready to join hands with China to carry out the important consensus reached between the two state leaders and expand cooperation in trade and other areas.


Invited by Chinese President Hu Jintao, Triet paid a state visit to China from May 15 to 18.


(Xinhua News Agency May 19, 2007)

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